There are so many different options when buying a home. Two stories vs. one-story, square footage size, number of bedrooms, and well or sewer for the home to name a few.
A well is private and usually in a yard where there is no access to a municipal water system. Installed in a yard by drilling a hole into the ground and accessing the aquifer underground, it provides water for a home (sometimes many homes in the area when it is shared) for drinking, bathing, and cleaning. More than 13 million people in the U.S. have a well.
Like other things in and outside a home, a well needs maintenance and to be inspected. How much does a well inspection cost? Well, with us, it starts at $149.
An inspection should be every year for anyone who owns a home with a well to make sure it is putting clean water into the system. A contaminated well can cause health issues or even death for the people in the home. An inspection is essential.
Who Does the Well Inspection
Many home inspection companies perform well inspections. However, some may only do a visual inspection that checks the area around the outside, as well as the water source and the system. Finding a company with trained and certified technicians in that area is important.
You want a company that can test the water in the home during the visit. The company collects the sample, sends it to a lab to be looked at under a microscope, and the results are then sent to you. Water testing is important to have done on a regular basis.
Remember that cheaper is not always better for companies. Safety with the water you drink is no joke so you want to make sure you get a good company that has good reviews and uses certified and experienced technicians. Ask to see some of the past projects as well so you know what type of technician you are getting.
What is Involved in a Well Inspection
A well inspection is a thorough evaluation of the well and all of its parts. These include:
- The pump
- Storage tank
- Set back distances
- Anything additional the state or county requires
When to do a well inspection while selling the home
The well inspection, in most cases, is completed before the closing. However, the earlier in the buying process the better as if there are issues, there is time to have the repairs made.
Some states require the inspection at specific points in the buying process so it is important to know the requirements. It might seem like a lot to have this inspection cost, but it is worth the peace of mind.
Why a seller might do a pre-inspection on a well
A seller might do a pre-inspection on the well if he/she thinks there may be an issue with the well. If there is, full disclosure is important for the homebuyers and the honest thing to do.
If it comes back that there are issues, the seller can decide whether to fix the issue or not. The seller also might have this inspection done early to put the information out there for buyers and hoping to secure a deal.
How Much Does a Well Inspection Cost
The inspection starts at $149. If you have a company that tests the water as part of the inspection, you may pay a different amount than if the company charges you extra for the water test.
Check and see if the home you are buying also has a septic as you can usually have both inspections done at the same time. It can save you money to have them done on the same visit.
Buyer/Seller responsibilities for well inspection
The seller should pay for repairs on the well. This is because it is a health and safety issue for the buyer. However, the seller is not required to do so.
Read the contract and see what it says regarding paying for issues or amounts in an inspection. This will be helpful for the buyer and seller. Sometimes the seller may offer to pay for all, half, offer a repair credit or nothing. It will then depend on if the buyer wants to stay in contract or walk away from a home after inspection.
Buying a home is a complicated process and adding in additional inspections like a well can be overwhelming. However, the well is an important part of the home and necessary to be functioning properly for the safety of the family in the home.
Have you had a well inspection or have questions about your well? Drop us a line below, we would love to hear about it!